Industry News

Led by Chairman Walter Dias, Vice-Chairman Jack Lange, President Tara Joseph and Past Chairmen James Sun and Steven DeKrey, AmCham HK held its annual “Doorknock” to Beijing from November 20-21, 2017

Entrepreneur/SME Focus
Barron Asia VR, AmCham member; Hong Kong-based production company, is going boldly into the world of virtual reality (VR).

Finance
Limits on foreign ownership of joint ventures in China’s financial services sector will be relaxed over the next five years, China’s deputy finance minister Zhu Guangyao said on Friday.

Transportation
Tara Joseph says ending the full registration tax waiver on EVs is at odds with Hong Kong’s reputation for transparency and innovation, as well as its goals for cleaner air and ‘smart city’ status

Intellectual Property
The International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) has been the annual premier global forum for data protection authorities for over three decades

Trade & Investment

Education
AmCham President Tara Joseph visited GT (Ellen Yeung) College on September 19th to speak to students about her own experiences and how they might shape their own future. The outing was part of AmCham’s Conversation with a Leader series, developed by Frank Wong, co-leader of the chamber’s Education Affairs Group.

Taxation
Tara Joseph says ending the full registration tax waiver on EVs is at odds with Hong Kong’s reputation for transparency and innovation, as well as its goals for cleaner air and ‘smart city’ status

Law
Landmark court ruling over spousal visa welcomed by supporters, but lack of anti-discrimination laws means more changes require time

Human Resources

Communications/Tech
Why you need to get it, for example, and how to look your best for the photo

Hospitality
If you are a U.S. Citizen or a passport holder of selected countries with which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has International Arrangements, please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to interview at the office of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on January 15 & 16 for enrollment into the Global Entry program, which is required to apply for the U.S. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Traveler’s Card (ABTC).

Real Estate
As the Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiative continues to gain momentum, Cushman & Wakefield Greater China Research is releasing a new white paper report

CSR
Join us on Tuesday, 5 December, for the 27th annual “Light Up a Life” Christmas Concert at St. John’s Cathedral. It’s a wonderful way to start the Christmas season and remember departed family and friends.

Apparel & Footwear
Myanmar has made strides to create a business friendly regulatory environment. The government has decreased the days required to start a business in Myanmar from 76 days in 2014 to 13 days in 2016 by simplifying the process , specifically removing the need to submit a reference letter and a criminal history certificate.

Greater China
Led by Chairman Walter Dias, Vice-Chairman Jack Lange, President Tara Joseph and Past Chairmen James Sun and Steven DeKrey, AmCham HK held its annual “Doorknock” to Beijing from November 20-21, 2017

Health Care

Food & Beverage
McDonald’s will increase its number of stores in China and Hong Kong to 4,500 by the end of 2022, up from 2,500 currently, as part of a strategic partnership with Citic Ltd, CITIC Capital Partners and the Carlyle Group.

Environment & Sustainability
Tara Joseph says ending the full registration tax waiver on EVs is at odds with Hong Kong’s reputation for transparency and innovation, as well as its goals for cleaner air and ‘smart city’ status

What’s New in Washington
As regional powers compete for physical and political influence over the Eurasian super-continent, the U.S. considers its options from afar. Matthew Goodman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies provides a perspective from Washington